A Magazine for UNBC Alumni and Friends â€“ Spring 2009
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Up Front President UNBC’s
fter senior academic and administrative posts in
Ontario and Nova Scotia, George Iwama is coming back to BC to be UNBC’s fourth president. He starts his new job on July 1, and will be leaving Carleton University in Ottawa where he has been Dean of Science for the past two years. He held the same position – plus a year as VP Academic – at Acadia University after spending 15 years as a professor at UBC. It was in Vancouver where he received his PhD in Zoology and launched an academic career that saw him publish more than 135 articles on fish and aquaculture.
A New Club UNBC is a founding member of the new Research Universities Council of BC, which was established in late 2008 to provide a coordinated voice among the universities. The new Council supports the interests of BC’s four, research-intensive universities (UBC, SFU, UVic, and UNBC) in public communication and the development of relevant public policy.
combined with the relatively tight confines of the Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre, will mean that UNBC will host three
photography, and playing the guitar.
degree recipients in 2009: forest insect expert John Borden,
to listen and develop effective relationships,” says Dawn Martin, Chair of the UNBC Board of Governors. “We found all of those things in George Iwama and we’re confident that he will provide inspired leadership to UNBC.”
Centre in March. The Timberwolves didn’t win, but the large
include three in Prince George alone. Yes, growth of UNBC,
early part of June. Joining the “real” grads will be three honorary
getting things done in collaboration with others, and the capacity
own at the Charles Jago Northern Sport
range – will leave UNBC this year in multiple ceremonies that
and canoeing. He is also an avid fisherman and enjoys painting,
integrity, the courage to do the right thing, a track record of
Basketball team put on a show of their
hour in the men’s basketball program to
ceremonies in communities around northern BC throughout the
be essential in a candidate. “We were looking for unquestioned
gold in the Provincial Women’s
Championship, the UNBC Men’s
knew they were experiencing the finest
their twenties. Marilyn and George enjoy cross-country skiing
University and elsewhere to identify the attributes that would
ne year after UNBC captured
A record number of graduates – estimated to be in the 900
convocation ceremonies on May 29 before hosting six more
candidates and included a series of “town hall meetings” at the
Pride and boisterous crowds cheering them on
Dr. Iwama is married to Marilyn and they have three sons in
He was selected after an exhaustive search that started with 106
“I thought the tournament was fantastic,” said National Convener for Canadian Colleges Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Jeff Harris. “The organization was top-notch, and the support and community involvement were excellent.”
Wet’suwet’en elder Alfred Joseph (Gisdaywa), and medical
The host Northern Timberwolves
philanthropist Donald Rix.
immediately proved a force, coming within two points of knocking off the highest
ranked team in Canada in one of the
BC’s Speech from the Throne earlier this spring contained
most exciting games of the tournament.
exciting news for UNBC and the BC wood industry. The
The T-Wolves parlayed that energy into a
Government appears poised to make Prince George a major
spot in the bronze medal matchup with
wood product and design centre, building on the bioenergy
Algonquin College of Ottawa and finished
program (see the story on page 6 of this issue of Update) and an
a respectable fourth place.
emerging interest in engineering. The new Wood Innovation and Design Centre will promote new expertise in advanced building
Dr. Iwama replaces Charles Jago, who has served as Interim
systems, engineered wood products, interior wood design and
President since July, 2008.
applications, and other value-added products.
Two of the Wolves’ games sold out to crowds in excess of 2,100 cheering fans with an additional four hundred-plus viewing at home via streaming video
Photo: PG Citizen
on the Nationals website. The site has
On the Cover
registered nearly 18 thousand hits since
“UNBC Athletics would like to thank all
finished second this year after winning
of the tournament sponsors, volunteers,
the provincial title last year) has UNBC
and spectators for being a part of such a
Athletics on a roll as it awaits a decision
great event showcasing UNBC and Prince
on their application for entry into Canada
George,” said UNBC Athletic Director, Len
West and Canadian Interuniversity Sport
going online at the end of February.
It looks as if the students could be buried by an avalanche of penguins. These Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management students were taking part in the first university courses offered in Antarctica. There they studied the wildlife and geography of the region and the ways climate change is affecting the frozen
The success of the tournament and both the men’s and the women’s team (who
continent. Read more about the trip on page 3. 11
Spring2008 2009 Spring
All Antarctica Photos: Patrick Maher
Stunning… Amazing,” says Nature Based Tourism Management student Tasha Peterson. “You have to use powerful words when you are talking about Antarctica.”
eterson was one of four UNBC students who, along with their
instructor, UNBC Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management professor Patrick Maher, was part of the Students
land. “It was summertime in Antarctica!
seals. Our guides told us that, just days
on Ice Expedition to Antarctica, the first
Most of the land was rocky and covered
earlier, the area would have instead been
university undergraduate courses ever on
with lichen, moss and grass,” says
inundated with thousands of penguins.”
Peterson. “At that time of year it is
The focus of the expedition was to expose students to the geography and biology
actually warmer in Antarctica than in my hometown!”
The beauty of Antarctica didn’t distract Maher from impressing upon the students the effects of climate change. “Imagine a
of Antarctica, with an emphasis on the
The expedition encountered thousands
world without ice,” says Maher. “It’s rather
ways global warming is affecting the
of chinstrap penguins, birds, whales,
difficult when you are standing next to
continent. UNBC was one of only three
porpoises, and other wildlife, including
an immense glacier, but every day more
Canadian universities participating. In
seal. “The lasting impression for me was
and more disappears. Sections the size of
total, there were 71 students from Canada
the first time we went ashore on Paulet
Vancouver Island literally snap off.”
and several other countries taking part.
Island,” says Peterson. “The land was
They were taught by some of the world’s
covered by hundreds and hundreds of
leading polar scientists. The group departed from Argentina
Tasha Peterson catches some rays in the Argentine sun before the expedition departs for Antarctica.
Water and ice make for a breathtaking scene in Skortorp Bay.
It was during a discussion on global warming that a dramatic example of its effects occurred. A huge section of ice calved off from a glacier and landed in the ocean. “Suddenly there was a sound like thunder,” says Peterson. “It’s one thing to talk about the environment in a classroom, but when you see and feel that… it really stays with you.” Maher hopes to have UNBC participate
Often the only sign of human life in Antarctica is abandoned equipment, such as this boat left by Norwegian whalers in the aptly named Whaler’s Bay on Deception Island.
again in the next Students on Ice University Expedition in February 2011.
aboard a former polar research vessel and crossed the Drake Passage. “It took two and a half days and the seas were so rough – few of us had ever experienced anything like it,” says Peterson. “I spent most of the time lying on my bed.” The students took trips to the Antarctic mainland to gain experience of the landscape and wildlife of the area. They visited key historic and scientific sites, including that of Shackleton’s famous Endurance Expedition, Deception Island’s volcanic crater, and international scientific bases. Dressed for an Antarctic Summer: (from left) Jen Bennett, Patrick Maher, Tasha Peterson, Sydney van Loon, and Kendra Johnston on Danco Island.
Peterson, who is from Whitehorse, said she was struck by the lack of ice on the
Events Save the Date
You are invited to the 3rd Annual Alumni Homecoming September 25 & 26, 2009 This year’s homecoming will showcase the accomplishments of UNBC alumni, exciting new projects and initiatives at UNBC, as well as the 15th anniversary of the Prince George campus. Events will include a wine tasting and alumni awards celebration, the Homecoming Golf Tournament, alumni basketball games, and much more.
For a limited time only! The UNBC Alumni Association and Bookstore have come together to offer you a custom alumni hoodie with your program name and year of graduation. Order forms available at http://www.unbc.ca/alumni/alumni_hoodies.html. Order Deadline is September 30, 2009
UNBC Alumni Aaron Benterud (BSc Forestry ’99) is
Cherie Cieslar (BSc Biology ’99) is a
a Stewardship Forester for the Ministry
Medical Technologist and recently took a
of Forests and Range in Terrace, BC. He
position at a hospital in Bermuda.
is managing the District’s Mountain Pine
Congratulations to our recently elected alumni senators:
Marin Waddell (BSc Environmental
of Children and Family Development in
Shelley Mckenzie (BComm 2002 & MBA 2006)
Planning ’02) is a Planning Consultant
Prince Rupert, BC.
Carmen O’Callaghan (BComm 2000, Minor Human Geography)
She works with rural municipalities
Christina Wilsdon (BSc NRM Wildlife &
and small urban centres, guiding them
Fisheries ’04) is an Environmental Scientist
Rheanna Robinson (BA History/FNST 2001 & MA FNST 2008)
through the development process,
for an Aboriginal-owned branch of Golder
including subdivisions and zoning bylaw
Associates in Inuvik, NWT.
Adele Yakemchuk (BComm 2001)
Become an Alumni Ambassador or start an Alumni group: represent UNBC alumni in your community or interest group Join the Board of Directors or one of their committees: develop alumni benefits and programming. Volunteer: help out with alumni activities & events! For more information contact us by phone at 250-960-5873, toll free at 1-866-937-8622, by email at email@example.com or online at www.unbc.ca/alumni Spring 2009
The end result is that UNBC’s campus operations will approach
because it has a unique opportunity in northern BC to be
carbon neutrality. This alone could make UNBC unique among
Renewable energy is one example, and both the federal and provincial governments have provided more than $15 million in funding to make UNBC’s Prince George campus a showpiece
Canadian universities. More importantly, the campus itself will become a teaching and research platform for investigating various renewable energy technologies, their application in communities, and the ability of the environment to sustain them.
of it. The first phase is a partnership with the Wood Pellet
The bioenergy funding was part of a $51 million Knowledge
Association of Canada (and the pellet producers in central BC) to
Infrastructure Program announcement that included support
install a bioenergy plant this summer at the I.K. Barber Enhanced
for a new trades building at the College of New Caledonia,
Forestry Laboratory. Phase two will involve all of the core campus
an expansion of the CNC/UNBC campus in Quesnel, and an
buildings, which will be heated with a system that turns biomass
upgrade to the UNBC campus heating and cooling distribution
(mostly wood residues) into a synthetic gas that will be burned.
system. It was the largest single funding announcement for post-
This will provide the hot water that is piped to the main campus
secondary infrastructure in northern BC since the UNBC campus
buildings through a utility corridor.
was announced nearly 20 years ago.
Rachel Hewer (BSW Child Welfare ’03)
The Alumni Association Needs You
NBC trademarked the phrase Canada’s Green University
at the forefront of economic and environmental sustainability.
Newly Elected Alumni Senators
is a Child Protection Worker at the Ministry
with the Government of Saskatchewan.
Ryan Matheson (BA Resource-Based
Maki Umeda (MA First Nations Studies
Tourism ’99) is the Director of Strategic
’06) is a Community Health Specialist for
Partnerships for International Conference
AMDA MINDS in Tokyo, Japan.
Services (ICS) in Vancouver, BC.
Stephen Birchall (BA Environmental
Allan Stroet (BComm Marketing ’05) is
Studies ’03) is an instructor at Ryerson
the Director of Business Enhancement for
University in Toronto, ON. He is teaching
the Innovation Resource Centre in Prince
courses on climate change and critical
George, BC. He works to expand the
technology sector in north central British
Nancy Kinney (BA Political Science ’97)
is the founder and president of Advice
Laurie Cordell (BSc Environmental
Scene, an online forum where a group of
Planing ’98) is a Sustainability Facilitator
Victoria lawyers moderate questions in
for the Fraser Basin Council in Cranbrook,
their area of expertise.
The Prince George campus was built for this opportunity. All of the core campus buildings are connected to the Power Plant via a utility corridor for the efficient distribution of heat and power. The biomass gasification system could reduce UNBC’s fossil fuel consumption by 85%. Spring 2009 www.unbc.ca/green/energy
New North Foundation
Office of University Advancement UNBC, 3333 University Way Prince George, BC V2N 4Z9 Phone: (250) 960-5750 Toll-free: 1-866-960-5750 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org We are located in room 1065 on the main floor of the Administration building.
Prominent Gift to UNBC Northern
Industry and Communities Help to Shape an Idea for Economic Development
BC Archives Roseanne Moran, daughter of noted social worker and writer Bridget Moran, has donated her mother’s lifetime work to UNBC. The Bridget Moran Archival fonds has been designated by the Professor Brian Aukema (centre) with students in the I.K. Barber Enhanced Forestry Laboratory, a facility that enables research on forest growth and yield.
archival work of outstanding regional, provincial and national significance.
Supporting UNBC can be as simple as going online. Visit the website at www.unbc.ca/giving Ewert Lecture and Dinner More than 550 guests were in attendance for the fifth annual Dr. Bob Ewert Memorial Lecture and Dinner on April 4th. Guest lecturer, Gwynne Dyer, delivered a thought-provoking presentation to the audience about the the geopolitical implications of climate change. The lecture raised more than $10,000 in support of the Northern Medical Programs Trust.
The records document social, political, n January, close to 600 people from
a presentation by UNBC Interim President
his Summit presentation, is a big part
economic, and cultural events of
around the province gathered in Prince
Charles Jago that included a practical idea
of what’s new in the North today. “A
significance to BC in the latter half of
Donor Appreciation Evening The 2009 Donor Appreciation Evening
George at the Government’s northern
for how to mobilize research in the direct
few decades ago, the only practical
the 20th century.
economic summit. Originally described
service of northern communities and
thing to do was to treat this region as
The textual records, photographs,
held on October 2nd in the UNBC Bentley
and video and audio recordings fill
Centre. In 2008/09, UNBC received $1.5
12 bankers’ boxes. It is of particular
million in gifts from generous donors.
as the “new north summit,” discussion among the delegates often turned to what’s new about the north today. Suggestions involved new energy technologies and transportation
It was a message welcomed by the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project, Rio Tinto Alcan, and others.
Department of Canadian Heritage as
a source of resource wealth and focus
Called the New
R&D investments elsewhere. In a new
north, we’ll move further along the road
it would serve as a
to building a knowledge-based, resource
economy that is connected to the world,
competitive, innovative, and led by
communities and industry to researchers. Major research themes would involve policy
educated northerners.” It was a message welcomed by the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project, Rio Tinto Alcan, and others. The companies have been the first to help take the idea of the New North Foundation and make it
includes the Port of Prince Rupert and
and governance, land management, and
the expanded Prince George airport, but
economic diversification. Research would
a common theme involved the growing
occur at UNBC, other research-intensive
capacity of the region to address its own
universities, and research agencies – all of
issues through research and education.
it focused on regional needs
This was highlighted by many speakers
This capacity for northern research
workshop. This activity will occur over the
– including the Premier himself – but it was
about northern issues, said Dr. Jago in
next several months.
a more detailed proposal. Together with other partners, their financial support will enable a consultation with northern communities and industry, evaluation of similar models around the world, and a
for Williston and Lifetime donors will be
interest to researchers in First Nations Studies, Social Work, History, and English. As well as being a tireless activist for social welfare reform, Bridget was a
Spectra Energy Transmission Bursaries for Aboriginal Students
The Honourable Iona Campagnolo (centre) joined with 10 other UNBC founders who received honorary degrees in 2004.
UNBC Recipient of Iona Campagnolo Records The Northern BC Archives at UNBC is the recipient of the archival records of The Honourable Iona Campagnolo, P.C., O.C., O.B.C., former Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia and UNBC’s Founding Chancellor (1992-1998). The archival records encompass 11 bankers’ boxes of textual and photographic materials documenting Campagnolo’s personal and career-related activities from the 1950s onward. Of particular note, the records document Campagnolo’s early broadcasting career and early political activism in Prince Rupert, her involvement
prolific writer of five books and more
Spectra Energy Transmission has
than 70 articles. Her book with Sai’k’uz
established eight, $2,500 bursaries to
Elder Mary John, entitled Sai’k’uz
support full-time undergraduate Aboriginal
Ts’eke: Stoney Creek Woman: The
students who are residents of the Northern
Story of Mary John was the recipient
Rockies Regional District, Peace River
of the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for
Regional District, Regional District of
Historical Writing in 1989. Bridget was
Fraser Fort-George, or the Cariboo
the recipient of an honorary degree
Regional District. The recipients of these
Family-owned industrial sales and steel
from UNBC in 1995. An event to
awards will be enrolled in Anthropology,
fabricating company, KJM Sales of Prince
acknowledge the donation will be held
Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science,
George, has established a $2,000 bursary,
later this year.
Geography, Natural Resources
available to a full time undergraduate
Management, Commerce, or Nursing.
with non-governmental organizations, as well as personal writings, 1000 speeches, and certificates related to her career in public service.
KJM Sales Ltd Bursary
People in the
Fighting Sleep Disorder
UNBC Commerce student Uneza
Since 1847, Gakushuin Women’s
Waqar won the Rising Star Award
College has educated the children of
at this year’s Northern BC Today’s
nobility in Japan and, over the past
Woman Awards. The fourth year
three years, sent more than 200 of
Finance student was cited for her
them to UNBC’s English Language
efforts as a volunteer for five years at
Studies Program. Director of Regional
Prince George Regional Hospital, as
Operations Dennis Macknak and
well as her voluntary efforts with the Canadian Cancer Society and the PG Brain Injured Group.
A UNBC Nursing student has worked
College President Kazuko Nagai, recently agreed upon a five year extension to the current agreement between UNBC and the College in Tokyo, Japan.
to provide researchers with valuable field data about rates of sleep
disorder in aboriginal communities.
UNBC Physics professor Matt
The results confirm that sleep related
Reid won the John Humphreys
disorders are more common among
Memorial Forest Innovator Award
indigenous than non-aboriginal
at the Northern BC Business and
populations. Mary-Ann Speirs, a
Technology Awards for his research
third year student of the Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate
into the application of terahertz
Nursing Program in Terrace, went door-to-door in her hometown
technology in the forest industry.
The Canadian Association of Social Workers presented the
of Gitsegukla and elsewhere surveying residents as part of a
He also received the Collaborative
recently published study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.
UNBC Prof Wins First Prize for Non-Fiction Arts Just as Big in Small Cities
UNBC professor Sarah de Leeuw won first prize at this year’s
A study to be released this year by
essay concerns last year’s fire at the Columbus Hotel in Prince
UNBC Chancellor and quality of life
George, and how it affected the lives of the people who lived
researcher Alex Michalos is casting
doubt on the commonly held notion that residents of large urban centres care more for the arts than people in smaller communities. “On the
Dawn Martin, a tireless advocate for education in northern BC, is the new Chair of the UNBC Board of
says for her, the fire represents the extent to which poor people
her career in education started nearly
are often pushed to the extremities of society.
30 years ago. Since 1980, she taught
of those who occupy single-occupancy dwellings,” added de far some of their fellow citizens are moved off to the side and, often, dying due to sub-standard living conditions.”
at various schools in School Districts #82 and #88 and held positions ranging from teacher-librarian to Principal.
Five Days for the Homeless UNBC students Derek O’Neill, Farouk
Ramji, Owen Law, Brandon Grant,
for research that documents the
UNBC’s founding Dean of Arts and
effects of contaminants on food and
Sciences, Dr. Deborah Poff, will
water in First Nations communities.
be the 16th President and Vice-
The First Nations Food, Nutrition,
Chancellor of Brandon University.
and Environment Study is a new
Dr. Poff also served for 10 years as
initiative under the leadership of Dr.
UNBC Vice-President Academic
Laurie Chan, who holds the BC Leadership Chair in Aboriginal
and Provost. Her five-year term will
become effective on August 1, 2009.
New Board Chair
member of the Board since 2006 but
communities love their arts every bit as passionately.”
providing $11 million over ten years
professor Dawn Hemingway. The award, presented by BCASW President Phyllis Nash, is given in recognition of excellence
Dr. de Leeuw, a graduate of UNBC in Interdisciplinary Studies,
“The burning of the Columbus made me think about the lives
The Government of Canada is
Distinguished Service Award for 2009 to UNBC Social Work
Governors. Ms. Martin has been a
contrary,” says Dr. Michalos “Small
Major Funding for First Nations Research
over an exemplary career in Social Work.
CBC Literary Awards for her work “Columbus Burning.” The
Leeuw. “I think it should give Canadians pause to consider how
Japanese Exchange Students
and Leanne Peek slept outside for one week as participants in “5 Days for the Homeless” a campaign in which university students live on their campus to raise money and awareness about the plight of the homeless. Their final tally was more than $5,000.
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LUV and the
Recession Comment: Professor Paul Bowles
s a professor of the “dismal science,” I am often asked, “How long will the recession last?” The answer is simple:
nobody knows. But there is no shortage of opinions out there. The three most prominent have become popularly known as LUV. The V is the opinion that the recession will be sharp but short lived and the recovery will be swift. This is what Stephen Harper is hoping for. The path of Gross Domestic Production (GDP) will look like a V.
currency traders, once seen as kings of global finance, are now
However, there are others of the U persuasion. Among them,
increasingly berated as irresponsible and greedy. The second
former Bank of Canada governor David Dodge who questioned
implication is that a major overhaul of the international monetary
whether the V prediction is too
system is needed. The necessity for
optimistic. He foresees the recession
international liquidity in the face of
being longer and the GDP path resembling more of a U. Which brings us to L. This is an opinion advanced by economists such as Nouriel Roubini of New York University, one of the few who predicted the collapse early last year. He isn’t hopeful about the
Whether the future holds an L, U or V, the globalization of the last two decades is over.
the crisis is clear but the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will have difficulty providing it. The major creditor countries are now those in East Asia and oil producing nations. The management of the international monetary system will not be effective without the cooperation of countries beyond that of traditional western
nations. The G-20, which includes
Roubini thinks the global downturn could be as long-lasting as
emerging economic powers such as China, India, Brazil and
that experienced by Japan when its financial system crashed
South Africa, is becoming the key international coordinating
in the 1990s. Look at Japan’s stock market levels over the past
group. The governance of the global economy will no longer be
twenty years. In 1989, the Nikkei index stood at 38,900 points.
left in the hands of the established western powers.
Today it stands at 8500. That is a frightening L. Whether the future holds an L, U or V, the globalization of the last two decades is over. The global economic crisis has two important implications concerning the world-wide governance of finance. The first implication is that an “anything goes” approach to financial markets is no longer credible. Globalization relied
An ancient Chinese curse translates as “May you live in interesting times.” For students of the dismal science, these are interesting times.
in large part on the willingness of governments to support free
Dr. Paul Bowles is Professor of Economics at UNBC.
movement of capital and unhindered operation of international
He specializes in globalization, regionalism, and East
banks and financial institutions. Governments around the world
Asian development. He is leading a major new research
are now concentrating on regulating and monitoring financial
program exploring the effects of globalization on northern
flows and institutions. Bankers, hedge fund managers, and
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